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Elgin preparing for Christmas Toy Round Up

Posted: July 29, 2014 5:50 p.m.
Updated: July 30, 2014 5:00 a.m.

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Though Christmas is five months away, charitable organizations in Kershaw County are already working to provide toys and food to families in need this Christmas. Elgin’s Toy Round Up is one of those organizations. Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown, who is director of the Elgin Toy Drive, said preparing for Christmas is a year-round effort.

“We actually start the week after Christmas. We begin fundraising and collecting toys for the next year,” Brown said

Last year, the Toy Round Up assisted 98 children in the Elgin and Lugoff areas.

“We almost thought last year that we weren’t going to make it. We really were sweating, but every time we thought we would have to say ‘we can’t help you,’ someone would give.” Brown said, “This year we are a little further ahead than we were last year.”

Elgin Toy Round Up continues to grow in the number of children and families being served. The project originated with Brown and his wife, Kathy about six years ago. Brown credits community organizations and individual volunteers for the extension and success of the Toy Round up.

“We’ve washed cars to get money for the kids, sold pizza … we’ve tried a little bit of everything,” Brown said.

Now, money for the Toy Round Up is raised primarily at Elgin’s Podunk Festival. The Elgin Police Department also raises money though providing fingerprinting.

“A lot of folks need to be fingerprinted to get certain jobs. We don’t charge them, but we do ask for a donation for the toy drive,” Brown said.

Representatives from Elgin’s Toy Round Up recently met with other charity representatives from the Camden Jaycees, Salvation Army, United Way of Kershaw County and Toys for Tots to make plans for assisting children during Christmas. The meeting also discussed preventing duplication.

Brown said it is important for the agencies to communicate to ensure that a family does not receive assistance from more than one agency.

“We want to make sure that some folks do not take advantage of this and get listed with several different agencies. Doing that takes away resources from other families who need it. We are working to make sure that everyone is treated fairly,” Brown said.

Those who are interested in helping can bring new toys or financial donations to Elgin Town Hall.


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